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Alaska Commons: Most Popular Posts of 2013


A note from your friendly, neighborhood managing editor.
Tonight, Alaska shuts the door on one of her more tumultuous years while serving as the forty-ninth star on the flag of these United States.
For Alaska Commons, we bid a fond adieu to our first full year of existence.
Over the course of 2013, we’ve been afforded the privilege to share our stories with a growing readership that has often returned the favor, and we look forward to many more years of the same. There’s still so much to say and do, and I can speak for all of us when I say we hope you join us for the coming ride, as we’re all on this moving train together.
Have a joyous and safe evening, and a very happy new year. We look forward to picking up the conversation on the flip side of the calendar.
Here are the top ten, most viewed posts of 2013.
[divider][one_third]ohmuhgawd-cover[/one_third][two_third_last]1. Ohmuhgawd Snow Car Day Fail Arrives in Anchorage
Every damn year, it snows and Anchorage drivers turn into Massachusetts drivers without a plan.[/two_third_last][divider][one_third]Watermarked-Pride-AkCommons-5[/one_third][two_third_last]
2. Alaska Pride Fest Photo Essay
Saturday, June 15, brought Alaska’s Pride Fest back onto Delaney Park in Anchorage, capping off a week of celebration.[/two_third_last][divider][one_third]bill oreilly mansplains alaska - cover[/one_third][two_third_last]3. O’Reilly Mansplains Alaska to the Boston Herald
Apparently, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly came up to Alaska last week. He liked it so much that he wrote about us, penning an editorial in the Boston Herald that repurposed Alaska as his own personal, intellectually monosyllabic prop to explain the definition of “Real America” that he made up.[/two_third_last]
[divider][one_third]bob lynn library cover[/one_third][two_third_last]4. Alaska State Representative Bob Lynn’s Unconventional Holiday Cheer
Amidst the backdrop of the annual “War on Christmas” cable news fundraiser, and fueled by the “Duck Dynasty” fiasco that erupted throughout social media this week, Anchorage Republican lawmaker Bob Lynn decided to dust off a 2011 blogpost and reinsert it into the public sphere, posting it on facebook late Thursday night.[/two_third_last][divider][one_third]Governor Sean Parnell[/one_third][two_third_last]5. Self-Inflicted Wounds: Governor Parnell Signs New Laws Rejecting Statehood
This past Thursday, Governor Sean Parnell signed a bunch of legislation into law, using the Mat-Su Valley Sportsman’s Shooting Range as a backdrop. He defiantly took credit for fending off the expansive federal overreach debilitating the Second Amendment. The fact that such overreach doesn’t exist didn’t seem to trip him up the slightest bit.[/two_third_last]
[divider][one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]6. “UAA Ugh?” Students Hi-Jack University’s Branding Campaign
A recent branding effort at the University of Alaska Anchorage, entitled “Amazing Stories Being Written Every Day,” has many students adding their own edits.[/two_third_last][divider][one_third]

photo retrieved from http://www.holmesforstatehouse.com/
photo retrieved from http://www.holmesforstatehouse.com/

[/one_third][two_third_last]7. Why Lindsey Holmes Defected and Why the GOP Can’t Let her be the last
This Saturday, Anchorage Democratic Representative Lindsey Holmes surprised many when she announced that she was joining the Republican party. As defections go, there is very likely at least one more chip to fall. And if said chip falls, the game in Juneau changes drastically[/two_third_last][divider][one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]8. The Easy Way Out: Guns, Suicide, and Me.
One Alaskan’s personal struggle with suicide, the issue of suicide among Native Alaskans, and on what steps a family and a community can make to end the cycle.[/two_third_last][divider][one_third]
Magic Bus. Photograph by Laurent-34. Published under CC agreement.
Magic Bus. Photograph by Laurent-34. Published under CC agreement.

[/one_third][two_third_last]9. What Everyone is Getting Wrong About Chris McCandless
Debate continues to rage over the symbolism of Chris McCandless’ life and death. Both sides are wrong.[/two_third_last][divider][one_third]house majority fields question on same sex partnerships logo[/one_third][two_third_last]10. House Majority Fields Question about same sex partnerships
At a Friday House Majority Press Availability, the Republican dominated chamber rolled out their “Guiding Principles” – a list of criteria that would serve as a moral compass as they craft, debate, and pass legislation for the benefit of all Alaskans. Very quickly, offensively, and then awkwardly, the discussion of LGBT rights stumbled in and out of view as the caucus responded to a question by Mark Miller of the Juneau Empire.[/two_third_last][divider_top]